Welcome to the Association of Senior Anthropologists

The Association of Senior Anthropologists offers senior and retired anthropologists a continuing presence and voice in the discipline, allowing them to put their accumulated knowledge and insights to significant use.

The section has two main purposes:

(1) to serve as a forum for lively intellectual interactions and scholarly productivity, especially but not limited to presentations and publications by senior anthropologists as representatives of the living history of the discipline;

(2) to provide support needed by this cohort, including assistance with accessibility related to aging and in remaining professionally engaged when institutional support is reduced or absent.

2021 Overview

See the Meetings page for a review of the events held at annual AAA meeting, some in-person in Baltimore, others online virtually. The official theme was Truth and Responsibility.

At the business meeting we welcomed newly elected Student Representative Sofia Pinedo-Padoch, who had been serving as an appointed board member, and Rick Feinberg to fill the newly created position of At-Large Member No. 1.

Under the leadership of President Tim Wallace, ASA instituted a new tradition of monthly Thursday Chats, on Zoom.  Sharon Gmelch inaugurated the series in September, with a 40-year retrospective account of the ethnographic research she and George Gmelch carried out with the Irish Travelers.

2022 So Far

  • Find links to the Thursday Chats, on the Archives page.
  • See the link to ASA’s 2022 Section columns in Anthropology News on the AN Column page.
  • Results of the spring election are in: President Elect Jean (Jay) Schensul, Secretary Laura Zimmer-Tamakoshi, and At-Large Member No. 2 Helena Wulff will take office at the November AAA meeting.
  • The final program for this year’s AAA meeting in Seattle has been announced, and you can find the ASA events, including their locations, on the NEWS page.